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    “Madder than a March Hare”

    “Madder than a March Hare”
    The White Rabbit in “Alice and Wonderland” is heard to say, “I’m late, I’m late! For a very important date! No time to say ‘hello, goodbye,’ I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!” (Perhaps he’s from Ireland?)

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    Who Invented Whiskey?

    Few topics have flared tempers in pubs more than the question: Who invented whiskey? Was it the Irish, the Scots, or someone you'd least expect, like the Chinese or Arabs? scotland-1607856__180 Whisk(e)y is sunshine in a glass. Uisge baugh, or water of life in Scots Gaelic, and uisge beatha, water of life in Irish Gaelic. It's the cure for what ails you, and the Celt's gift to the world. It's now distilled and bottled on nearly every continent, with a variety of regional grains.Interested in attending a Whiskey Tasting? The origins of distillation are pretty murky. Some say it first started with ancient Babylonians, or possibly ancient Greeks, or maybe it was the Chinese... at this point in my research, I'm willing to say it was anyone but aliens...  The origins of whisk(e)y are just as obscure. The Irish claim that they have been making whiskey for anywhere between 1000 and 1600 years, depending on who you ask, and frankly, who are we to argue?viking-1114632_960_720 Excuse me, sir, can you tell me if the Vikings invented whisk(e)y? One story tells of Irish monks bringing the secrets of distillation back to Ireland from the Middle East. Another story claims that the Vikings had learned to distil while raiding in Greece or Syria, or possibly Turkey and brought the technique to Scotland when they built villages on the West Coast of Scotland. I could go on because there are many more stories of the origin of whisk(e)y. So many more stories...  So, we're left to draw our own conclusions, dear reader, at least until someone smarter than I, with access to some arcane tome that definitively sorts this matter once and for all. I, for one, conclude that just as the Irish and Scottish histories, people and culture are intertwined, so are the origins of whisk(e)y. Maybe we should just be content not to know and just enjoy the magic that is whisk(e)y. whiskey Slainte! Check out The Whiskey Cowgirl's videos here.                      

    Artisan Spotlight, Part 1

    Part of our mission at the Celtic Ranch is to provide you with some of the finest quality, artisan products and our beloved Commander in Chief Terry Kast travels the world sourcing these handmade treasures. We try to convey the level of detail that goes into these artisan products when we see you in our store, but if you are shopping online, you may not get the whole story, so we thought we'd shine a spotlight on a few of our favorite artisan products. Horsehair Pottery by Ian Carty Ceramics  [caption id="attachment_963" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Horsehair Pottery by Ian Carty Ceramics Horsehair Pottery by Ian Carty Ceramics[/caption] Horsehair pottery is fired using a special technique that creates fine lines by burning the hair from the mane of the horse and thick lines from the hair of the tail. The horse hair is applied by hand. As the hair is consumed by the fire, it twists and twines. Each piece becomes and original never to be duplicated again. After it is fired, a layer of natural beeswax is applied to seal the surface, then polished by hand. As with all works of fine art, horsehair pieces should be handled with care. Due to its porous nature, these pieces should be protected from direct sunlight and used only as accent pieces or with dry arrangements. For the Celtic Ranch, Ian Carty used mane hair from Half-pint McGee, the miniature horse who graced the forest at the Celtic Ranch on weekends for years. dscn3195 Angels' Share Glass about_us_03_large     Tom Young and his daughter Karen produce beautiful glassware, creating the very best in innovative and creative concepts.   Tom Young has been glassblowing since he was a teenager. Tom worked throughout about_us_01_largeindustrial and chemical glass laboratories until his creative side took over and he made designs in glass using a bench flame torch.  His commissions include glass pieces for high-profile figures and companies all over the world. Tom made the glass element of the Johnnie Walker Golf trophy and almost every spirit safe bowl in every Scottish distillery. Now, almost 60 years on, and a master glassblower & Craftsman,  he still creates wonderful designs & glassware in the heart of central Scotland for a worldwide market. Have you ever poured your glass of Scotch and wished you to add just the right amount of water to open up your dram? asg200 This hand crafted glass whisky diluting dropper made by Angels' Share Glass Company releases one drop of water at a time and is a unique gift for whiskey drinkers and Scotch drinkers around the world. This glass pipette is approximately 200mm in length and is presented in a luxurious velvet lined box.   Have you ever wandered around a whisky festival or attended a tasting and wished you had one of our Whisky Water Droppers with you to add a couple of splashes to open up yourasg300 dram? Well, now you can do just that with our Pocket Dropper. This shorter, portable, but just as accurate, pot still dropper comes complete with a leather case, created by Mairead Hume of Angels' Share Glass company of Scotland.

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